WASHINGTON — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz likened politicians and political observers who said Republicans could not succeed in repealing Obamacare to those who said the Nazis could never be defeated.
In a speech on the Senate floor, urging the Senate to support defunding Obamacare in the bill they must pass to continue funding the government, Cruz said those who said it could not be done were throwing in the towel too early.
“I suspect those same pundits who say it can’t be done, if it had been in the 1940′s we would have been listening to them … They would have been on TV and they would have been say, you cannot defeat the Germans,” Cruz said.
Cruz also compared them to those who claimed the Civil War would end with a divided country.
“You know, if you fast-forward to the Civil War, a time of enormous pain, anguish, bloodshed in the United States, there were a lot of voices then who said the union cannot be saved. Can’t be done. Accept defeat. I suspect those same pundits, had they been around in the mid-19th century, they would have written those same columns … this cannot be done,” Cruz said.
The Texas Senator went on to liken defunding skeptics to those who said the United States could never send a man to the moon, never win the Cold War, or achieve independence from Britain.
Cruz is speaking on the floor in protest of Senate Democrats’ plan to fund Obamacare in the bill funding the government. The vote he was initially trying to block has already been set, and he cannot do anything to block it. Still, he has said he will continue to talk in protest for an unspecified amount of time.